Attractions in Tulum

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While it is impossible to overlook that the most important attractions in Tulum center on Mayan culture, they aren't the only reason this town is worth visiting.  A collection of cenotes add to the appeal, and the beaches awash with Caribbean waters simply can't be ignored.


Tulum Mayan Ruins Beach

There are an abundance of beaches to consider in and around the area. Click on the beach names for detailed information about that individual beach.

Playa Tulum: Tulum was the only Maya city built along the water, and today serves as the majestic watch guard of nearby Playa Tulum. For a solid dose of history, architecture, and even anthropology with your beach going experience, there is no better option than Playa Tulum.

Another place to consider is Tulum Mayan Ruins Beach. If exploring the Mayan Ruins aren't enough of a reason to visit Tulum, then the nearby beach will certainly make it so. From the calm waters and the gorgeous view to the local vendors that give the beach an eclectic vibe, the Tulum Mayan Ruins Beach is one that shouldn't be missed.

Playa Chacal: Playa Chacala is a horseshoe shaped inlet with clear, calm waters that are so bright blue it's almost hard to believe such a color exists. The shore is covered in white sand that is soft and warm enough to sink your feet into and dotted with coconut palms.

Of course, the area is home to a wide range of beaches in and around the area. To read more about this topic, read this guide.

Landmark Attractions

Tulum Maya Ruins

Many travelers choose to visit Tulum Maya Ruins. It is found within the heart of Tulum. If you're planing on visiting Tulum, make sure you set aside an entire day to do so. Located on Tulum property are about 60 well preserved buildings, as well as numerous other natural sites to see, most of which are housed within the Sian Ka'an biosphere.

Additionally, if the functional aspects of life by the sea interest you, you should consider visiting Tulum Lighthouse. The Tulum Lighthouse is located just south of the Maya ruin on top of the Salta Iman cliff. While visitors are welcome to visit the lighthouse, it is usually passed over.

Temple Of The Wind: The temple itself is in a park of an entire collection of ruins, many of which you can climb. Temple of the Winds, however, is not one of them.

That's not all -- you'll find a range of other places to visit. To read a more complete discussion of other sites worth visiting in this area, read this page.

Natural Attractions

Aktun Chen Cave System

Tourists who enjoy the natural environment will frequently have a pleasant time visiting Xunaan Ha Cenote. Located near Dreams Hotel in Puerto Aventuras, the Xunaan Ha Cenote is a popular swimming and diving spot, known for it's underwater cave with waters that float upstream rather than downstream.

Another option you might like is Jungle Place. The Jungle Place is a sanctuary for endangered Spider Monkeys in the Mexican Caribbean, most of which have been rescued from life threatening situations. The owners care for these animals as if they were a part of a family, and on a rare basis, allow guests to come visit with the monkeys and explore the habitat.

These examples are just a sample of what's on the island. For a more detailed look at natural attractions in and around Tulum, go to this page.


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